real-ska:

Where are these implications coming from? There is nothing in the text or even the subtext that “implies” Higher education = success. 

It also has nothing in the text or subtext that says that TV = Success. She deserves to have people see her accomplishments! It’s something to be proud of! It’s not like this tweet is devaluing her success because she hasn’t been on TV. 

Finally, this is not implying anything nasty about teen mothers. It is recognizing a stereotype, and showing that it’s wrong! Don’t blame this tweet for shitty implications about teenage pregnancy. Blame MTV. Blame the producers who script that garbage. 

It is so utterly aggravating when people pick apart and find something wrong with literally everything. Even something with good intentions. It’s even worse when people see everything with colored glasses and spin everything like it’s harmful. Why can’t anything be taken at face value?

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"Now this is…" is used to say "this is a perfect example of." Not the problem with the tweet. "The kind of girl" used directly afterward completely changes the tone of the tweet. When ones says “the kind of girl,” they indicate they’re idealizing the person in question. This combination of phrases ("now this is the kind of girl") indicates this person is more worthy or a better person than other "kinds of girls."

Despite the fact she is an adult who is college educated, they’re calling her a "girl." Girls are not adults, girls are children. It is a term used to reference a female child. This is an adult woman who was forced to become an adult long before she was photographed here.

"That deserves to be on TV." This says a few things within this context, all of which are aggravating. That the girls on TV (most likely the ones on Teen Mom) do not deserve to be on TV. Also, because one must deserve to be on TV, TV is success. This girl deserves to be on TV, therefore this girl deserves to be successful and other girls which do not measure up to this particular former teenage mother’s standard do not deserve success.

Language depends on context and it says a lot more than we think it does in everything we say. That is why the choosing of words is so important. We make implications that we may not intend to which can often make us look like an asshole to someone who actually reads context. It can also reveal our own biases unintentionally, as well.

Here is what the tweet is saying with regard to its word choice and context:

"This is a perfect example of the type of female child which deserves to be successful. Female children who have children as teenagers who do not go to college do not deserve success, at very least in the way this female child does but most likely not at all because I judge those who do not break the ‘teen mom’ stereotype. Also, I correlate television with success and I believe this female child with a female child should have success and a television show and all of TV should follow suit. FCWFCWGHETV, the Female Child With Female Child Who Graduate Higher Education Television network is the only network which should be on television. Graduation Emoji, Family (With Father, Because They Either Don’t Have One With Just A Mother Or I Didn’t Look For One Because That’s Not A Real Family) Emoji, and (for some reason) Praying Emoji.

Honestly, even if that isn’t how he thinks, that’s what this says if you read it like how one is taught to read. Like you read a book, a newspaper article or a short story, you analyze what the writer is saying. Why don’t people analyze what they’re writing? You say so much more than you say, no matter how much you say.

Nothing can be taken at face value because nothing only means what it means at face value. The term exists to imply there is more than one kind of way to look something. If there is value, okay. That’s that. If there is face value then value apparently has categories. What other kinds of value are there and where can we see them?

I appreciate when people take the time to write why they disagree with me on something without being a jerk, so I really want to thank you for that. The point to be made is most likely that you and I look at things entirely differently. I believe the way we speak matters and we should be deliberate with everything we say because it says more than we immediately intend. I don’t believe in taking things face value. I believe in analysis. I believe there is ingrained misogyny and discrimination in the tweet in the OP.

That doesn’t appear to be how you think and I can understand that. I don’t agree with you.

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Okay, no. No. No. It is completely not slut shaming to criticize the way these male-designed, for-male characters are using sexuality to sell fantasy. It’s not cosplay where - besides often being amazing - it is real human beings being what they want. This photo is one of many drawings on a page by a guy who knows what he is drawing will result in more guys buying the books.
It’s NOT a person. It’s not someone living her life, making her choices. What is she designed to be noticed for: being a well-formed character or having tits? You shouldn’t criticize real women dressing like this, even for advertisements or what have you because it’s their choice. You may criticize a company for oversexualizing women to sell things, but not the woman. But this isn’t a woman or a person; this is literally and figuratively the manifestation of a company.
To imply that is slut-shaming implies a pretty big lack of understanding with the concept of slut-shaming as well as who makes comics.

Okay, no. No. No. It is completely not slut shaming to criticize the way these male-designed, for-male characters are using sexuality to sell fantasy. It’s not cosplay where - besides often being amazing - it is real human beings being what they want. This photo is one of many drawings on a page by a guy who knows what he is drawing will result in more guys buying the books.

It’s NOT a person. It’s not someone living her life, making her choices. What is she designed to be noticed for: being a well-formed character or having tits? You shouldn’t criticize real women dressing like this, even for advertisements or what have you because it’s their choice. You may criticize a company for oversexualizing women to sell things, but not the woman. But this isn’t a woman or a person; this is literally and figuratively the manifestation of a company.

To imply that is slut-shaming implies a pretty big lack of understanding with the concept of slut-shaming as well as who makes comics.

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Why can’t some really well-known person…?

Everyone in the world seems to think (pick a random well-loved celebrity) Tom Hiddleston is an amazing person (I have nothing against him, might I add). But why doesn’t some well-loved, universally-known, super-duper-mega-ultra-mainstream person go on a tour through these towns where some high school football player rapes some girl and gets away with it and the local population of shitheads rushes to the defense of their shithead pride and joy athletes and bring a media shitstorm to them? Call press conferences, be bold, and remind people what’s right and wrong in places they clearly can’t remember (and think it’s okay to burn rape victim’s house down).

It’s not even like it wouldn’t benefit them, either. Look what bringing a reporter soup did. So they can’t even sit and say something like “I don’t have the time.” It would help the world on top of help them.

What is stopping them?

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AWESOME! Taking something out of context (professional models/actors doing their job correctly and a photographer that didn’t bother thinking about the props on their set) to make something that’s pretty misogynist and awful? I have no respect for anything like this.
It attempts to reinforce a stereotype by using a photo with an inconsistency that someone not in the photo is at fault for. That’s called a load of shit.

AWESOME! Taking something out of context (professional models/actors doing their job correctly and a photographer that didn’t bother thinking about the props on their set) to make something that’s pretty misogynist and awful? I have no respect for anything like this.

It attempts to reinforce a stereotype by using a photo with an inconsistency that someone not in the photo is at fault for. That’s called a load of shit.

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Blame it on the insecure?

I just read this comment on an article:

Fairly unsurprising. All if this comes along with the endless narcissism that permeates our culture currently. Mix in a little unchecked consumerism and we’ve created a population where people mostly care about themselves and they must never ever be satisfied with what they have. Perhaps previously men evaded the aesthetic part of this plague, but no longer. Men are quickly becoming as vain and judgmental when it comes to looks, and thus, are being subjected to many of the disastrous hurdles that women have faced for decades.

I feel like anyone who blames civilians (not companies) for this problem is an idiot. What the hell do you think is going to happen when everyone is raised in a media landscape run by people who intend to use insecurity to make billions of dollars? It’s not any one person’s fault if they are insecure and it bothers them. How many movies are about how the main damn character is insecure and how they get over it because of some crazy event in their life?

We don’t have crazy events in our lives like that. We’re told the default state you should be in is self-hatred by almost everything. Our parents can even contradict it and it doesn’t matter - kids love their parents but don’t listen to them once you get to a certain point.

Also I don’t like that it’s only a hurdle until it is now apparently affecting men by this guy’s definition. Before that it was just rampant vanity, but no, now men are being affected so it’s a hurdle.

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